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If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 17

With just a week and change to go before the Olympics get underway, teams are searching for the best way to balance their own needs with how much their stars might tire themselves out in Sochi. This comes at a time when many teams have to decide what to do with their best players while […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 11

It won’t be long before the season is half over, but the intrigue is still going strong. Chicago and Pittsburgh easily lead their divisions, but the Conference lead is still up for grabs. Teams are still trying to hack their way into the playoff standings, Wildcard or division. The outside teams in the East are […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 10

The season is already 10 weeks old, but it remains difficult for any team to make a run. In fact, many teams are out of the picture but remain very close, especially in the East. A few more injuries are rearing their heads around the league as well, threatening to turn everything upside down. A […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 4

A month has gone by in the NHL, and the surprise teams are managing to keep up their momentum so far. Toronto and Colorado are division leaders still, while Carolina is still hanging in there behind Pittsburgh. Boston and Detroit, widely considered to be the best two teams in the Atlantic Division, are relegated to […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 3

Now three weeks into the season, there’s not much separation, though a few of the best teams are making an early mark. On average, the West has been getting more points, but the East has more games in hand. The Wildcard races in particular are quite packed, and teams like Colorado, Toronto and Carolina remain […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 2

The NHL season is now well underway, and as happens at this early stage, there are plenty of surprises. The Rangers can’t get anything going. The Avalanche are unbeaten. The Flames are hanging in there without Jarome Iginla. Toronto is doing well in the early going. Tim Thomas is looking to make his return worthwhile. […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 8

We’re two months into the season now, and plenty is still going on. Both #3 seeds are different from last week. The races for both #8 seeds are still quite crowded. Even the race for the East’s #1 has become a three-team showdown. Just about everything is in play like it was before the season […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 7

The season is half over for many teams, and almost everyone is still as close as ever. Boston and Montreal are fighting over the East, while the Rangers and Devils are still trying to hold off the Jets and Islanders. Out West, #3 and #11 are separated by just four points, so just about everyone […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 6

We’re approaching the halfway point of the abbreviated season, and things are still entertaining as ever. Aside from the Blackhawks and Ducks, just about every seed in both conferences is up for grabs. In a season that’s nearly been halved, it’s still largely about games in hand, and how they’re used. And with the value […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 5

Five weeks into the season, and Chicago remains just about the only sure thing right now. The East is stacked top to bottom, and the West isn’t much different. Even the other teams on the outside are shuffling around, trying to make their moves and occasionally making headway. It’s still tough as ever to predict […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 4

We’re already a month into the season, and things are still pretty close. Chicago and Anaheim are starting to carve a niche for themselves, but they still have a ways to go, and all other slots are still very much in play. Ties are plentiful, and both #8 seeds are very much in the air, […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 3

Three weeks into the season now, and while the Blackhawks have started to build a bit of a lead for themselves, the rest of the field is up for grabs. Each conference has a team better than at least one division leader, so teams are jumping all over each other. The standings still have a […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 1

The NHL season is finally underway, and there’s already been plenty of tooth-and-nail action. Every team (except Washington) has won a game, three teams remain perfect and 12 teams are clustered together with four points, including eight in the East alone. So while everything’s so tight, let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs […]

What We Learned This Week: Gambling, Impostors and Attention Whores

What Did We Learn This Week? Jan. 29 – Feb. 5 1. The Super Bowl prop bets are much more interesting than the actual Super Bowl. You can bet on anything if you’re desperate enough. As of now, the odds are still even on whether the coin toss will be heads or tails. (Come on […]

Ward’s Shutout Gives Hurricanes First Season Sweep Over Bruins

The Boston Bruins did just about everything they could against the Carolina Hurricanes Thursday night at the TD Garden. They won over 70 percent of their face-offs. They hit hard and often. And they ripped shot after shot after shot at goalie Cam Ward. They just couldn’t score. Ward saved all 47 shots against him […]